Author Archives: Will Ricketson

Remembering Bob Billingham, Sailor and Leader

Sailing lost a true caretaker of the sport last week when Bob Billingham passed away after a long and valiant fight against cancer. Bob touched many in sailing through his decades of dedication across different areas of the sport, most notably the America’s Cup and the Olympics. Speaking for several generations of US Sailing Team […]

Day 6: ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014

Palma de Mallorca, Spain (April 5, 2014) – The final day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca saw both US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider 470 teams compete in medal races in light and unsteady conditions. Reserved for the top ten overall competitors in each class, medal races present a different set of challenges to sailors who compete […]

Day 5: ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014

Palma de Mallorca, Spain (April 4, 2014) – With medal race berths on the line, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider 470 athletes rose to the challenge on Day 5 at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca. Facing exclusion from the medal race, and with their backs against the wall, the US Men’s 470 team of Stu McNay (Providence, R.I) […]

Day 4: ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014

Day 4: ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014 Palma de Mallorca, Spain (April 4, 2014) – While the first three days of racing featured inconsistent breezes across all course areas of ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, Day 4 delivered wind speeds over 25 knots, and swells in excess of 8 feet. The challenging conditions tested not only sailors, but […]

Day 2: ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014

Palma de Mallorca, Spain (April 1, 2014) – Light air returned to Palma de Mallorca on Day 2 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca. Most classes launched in the early afternoon, and the breeze built to approximately 10 knots, with bright sunshine and light chop.   US athletes in the top fifteen in their fleets are Annie Haeger and Briana […]

Day 1: ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014

Palma de Mallorca, Spain (March 31, 2014) – US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes were in action today in sunny, cool, and shifty conditions in at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca (Trofeo Princesa Sofia). The breeze came in around 11:00AM local time, and did not exceed seven knots throughout the day. With qualification spots for […]

2014 US Sailing Development Team Selected

Portsmouth, R.I. (March 20, 2014) – US Sailing has released the roster of the 2014 US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), the pathway team for the US Olympic Sailing Program. The Development Team is comprised of athletes who have demonstrated elite talent and rank as America’s top prospects for future elevation to the US Sailing Team Sperry […]

US Sailing Selects Roster for 2014 ISAF Youth Worlds Team

Portsmouth, R.I. (March 14, 2014) – US Sailing has named twelve athletes to its 2014 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championships Team. The premier youth event in international sailing, ISAF Youth Worlds represents the ultimate stage for America’s best young talent. The 2014 edition will take place from July 12-19 in Tavira, Portugal. “The […]

Clearwater Community Sailing Center Named US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Training Center

    Portsmouth, R.I. (March 7, 2014) – The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider has named Clearwater Community Sailing Center (CCSC) of Clearwater, Florida, an official US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Training Center. As part of its new role, CCSC will acquire three brand-new 2.4mR Paralympic keelboats, two SKUD-18 Paralympic keelboats, and four Laser Radial Olympic dinghies. US […]

2014 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Announced

Portsmouth, R.I. (February 27, 2014) – US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, has named forty-two Olympic and Paralympic class athletes to the 2014 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. The national team is selected annually and is comprised of the top sailors competing in the events selected for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 […]

Selection Events Released for 2015 US Pan American Games Team

Portsmouth, R.I. (February 14, 2014) – The US Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has released the list of selection events for the 2015 United States Pan American Games Team, which will compete at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Pending approval by the US Olympic Committee (USOC), the top eligible team at the following events will […]

Day 6 (Medal Races) – ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014

DATE: February 1, 2014   Daily Summary: Medal Race Day at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami brought with it added pressure, close racing, and a renewed breeze that was a welcome sight to all competitors. The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider added to its medal haul with a gold in the Laser Radial, silver in the […]

Day 5 – ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014

DATE: January 31, 2014   Daily Summary: Light air returned to Miami, and a frustrating run of bad luck continued for athletes, race officials, and organizers at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. “I’ve never seen anything like this weather in the 20-plus years I’ve been around this event,” said American Olympic gold and silver medalist Kevin Burnham, who […]

Day 3 – ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014

DATE: January 29, 2014   Daily Summary: The absence of suitable breeze in the morning on Day 3 of racing was followed by heavy rains in the afternoon, a combination that ultimately scuttled the attempts of regatta officials to complete any races. As a result, scores and standings remain unchanged for all competitors at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, […]

Day 2 – ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014

DATE: January 28, 2014   Daily Summary: Light air returned to Miami, and forced delays of racing in all classes on Day 2. However, American athletes still delivered strong performances in the tricky conditions, and are in the top five overall in seven of thirteen classes, and are in the top ten in ten classes.   Laser […]

Day 1 – ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014

DATE: January 27th, 2014 Daily Summary: The opening races of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami have been completed in warm but light-air conditions on the waters of Biscayne Bay. This year marks the 25th edition of what has become a cornerstone event on the international Olympic and Paralympic sailing circuit. The regatta also holds particular importance for […]

A Message on the Retirement of Anna Tunnicliffe

  A Message from the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program: Portsmouth, R.I. (Jan. 10, 2014) As Anna Tunnicliffe announces her retirement from Olympic sailing, there can be no doubt that she leaves this level of the sport as an exceptionally successful Olympic athlete. Along her journey, she amassed two World Championship titles, multiple Worlds podium finishes, […]

At the Helm Fall 2013

As we close in on the end of the 2013 World Championships season in Olympic and Paralympic classes, I bring your attention to three notable performances on the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. Each tells its own story about progress being made by Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the team’s pursuit of success in Rio […]